Nzigos GLORIA AUNTIE GLORIA OSHKAWBEWISENS-MCGREGOR What are your teachings surrounding being an auntie? Share your stories of the sacred, proud and protective role you hold in embracing the safety of family. I love the relationship my children have with their aunties—they laugh, they cry, they disagree to agree. An auntie’s place is a safe place to fall when ones life path becomes difficult. Aunties are like second mothers, they are mothers helpers. Community aunties had a role to protect the children of the community. They had a responsibility to be an extended parent to help discipline with care, to advise with wisdom and to nurture with love. Aunties have a crucial role in providing a sense of family within our communities.